I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.by Cindy Gerard
Published by Pocket Books Taking Fire (One-Eyed Jacks, #4) on February 23rd 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Betrayal. Retribution. Redemption?
Six years ago, tough-as-nails military contractor Bobby Taggart met the woman of his dreams in war-torn Kabul—a sexy, whip-smart war correspondent who approached him at a local bar, took him to bed, made him fall in love…and then mysteriously disappeared. In her wake, the terrorist leader he’d been mining for valuable intel was assassinated—then Bobby discovered his phone had been bugged. And he’s pretty damn sure he’s been played for a fool...
Ever since I first discovered Gerard, she has been one of my go-to authors for Romantic Suspense. This book didn’t disappoint!!
One thing that i’m always hesitant about in my books is when the story is broken into so many different parts and timelines. When there is a huge stretch of time between the past and present, it makes it hard for me to really dive in deep. I always feel as if something’s missing or off. But Gerard did a flawless job of it!
Bobby is the final One-Eyed Jack to get his happily ever after, and I loved it. I’m such a sucker for second chance love stories, and Bobby and Talia have such a short and yet intense history to overcome that I loved watching their story unfold completely. I also enjoyed the little twist Gerard had for both the readers and Bobby! 🙂
I really loved Talia in this book. I find that sometimes I struggle with finding the perfect line between a heroine who is believable and one that is just too much. Too caring, too stupid, too smart, too experienced. There is a fine line in romantic suspense novels that I don’t feel with other genres, and it can be the hardest heroine for me to connect with. But I thought Talia was wonderful. She knew her limits, she knew when she was over her head, and she knew that Bobby was her best chance at survival. I loved that about her.
While I didn’t connect with Bobby as much as I some of Gerard’s past heroes, I still adored him. He was protective and alpha and oh-so sexy. I loved that despite all the pain and heartache in his past with Talia, he was still 110% dedicated to protecting her in every way possible.
I think I missed a few books in this series, because there were a few parts when I felt like I as probably missing something, but I love the fact that Gerard makes each book standalone enough to jump in at any point. But, now I want to go back and find the books I missed!
All in all, I really liked this book. Both Bobby and Talia were wonderful characters with a super sexy relationship. I loved seeing their story told in stages, and can only hope we get to see more of them in the future.
I give Taking Fire a B+